Five weeks into the college basketball season – has it been that long? – let’s take an early look at how the AP poll has progressed. Kentucky is No. 1 for the second week in a row, of course, moving up from No. 2 to after North Carolina’s loss to the Heels, then hanging on to the top spot after Anthony Davis’ blocked the Heels last-chance at victory on Saturday.
But as for the trends, Missouri has been the biggest gainer. The Tigers have gone from No. 25 in the pre-season poll all the way to No. 10. Xavier and Baylor each moved up six spots. Xavier has gone from No. 14 to No. 8. Baylor has gone from No. 12 to No. 6. Louisville has moved up four spots, from No. 9 to No. 5.
Five teams in this week’s rankings began the year unranked. Mississippi State at No. 17, Georgetown at No. 18, Creighton at No. 19, Illinois at No. 24 and Harvard at No. 25 all began the season out of the AP poll.
Vanderbilt has been the biggest disappointment thus far, plunging from No. 7 all the way out of the poll after three losses. Four other teams ranked in the pre-season are now out of the poll. Arizona was 16th, UCLA 17th, Cincinnati 21st and California 24th. Now all are unranked.